Johnny Manziel has already been drafted by professional football and baseball teams. Now, the former Heisman Trophy winner can say he's been drafted by a third "professional" sports team, the Harlem Globetrotters.
According to an exclusive report by For The Win, the Globetrotters used one of their picks in their annual player draft on the former Texas A&M star. Manziel played hoops through the eighth grade before deciding to focus on football.
The pick will be announced Tuesday by the Globetrotters as part of their eighth annual draft of “world class” athletes – and obviously attention grabbers.
“Johnny Manziel is a fantastic athlete that knows how to be entertaining. ‘Johnny Basketball’ has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?’’ “Sweet Lou” Dunbar, Globetrotters’ director of player personnel, says in a press release.
Unsurprisingly, we shouldn't expect "Johnny Basketball" any time soon. As documented in the book Don't Put Me In, Coach by former Ohio State walk-on Mark Titus, the Globetrotters usually use their draft as a publicity stunt to gain some attention and laughs around the basketball world. Some other notable Globetrotters draft picks have been US Men's National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard in 2010, soccer superstar Lionel Messi in 2011, and former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera and former Baylor star Brittney Griner in 2013.